Charlie Mulgrew speaks on Celtic fans

Germany's Mario Gotze in action with Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew

Charlie Mulgrew opens up on Instagram abuse from Celtic fans.

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their third goalCeltic's Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their third goal

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, defender Charlie Mulgrew has said that he couldn't believe the animosity directed at him from Celtic fans after the infamous incident against Ajax this past season.

The 30-year-old centre-back walked off the pitch following Ajax's second goal in a 2-1 defeat which sent Celtic crashing out of the Europa League.

Mulgrew was only a second-half substitute that night but he raised eyebrows with the unexpected decision to leave the field of play with three minutes to go.

Charlie Mulgrew scores the second goal for CelticCharlie Mulgrew scores the second goal for Celtic

It was later determined that the Scotland international had suffered the same quad injury that cost him two months of football.

He cleared up the incident on Instagram shortly after it happened, but Mulgrew reveals that he was the subject of accusations from unhappy Celtic supporters.

“I got a hard time on Instagram. I didn’t see it coming. When I left the game my mind was on the injury. As I was icing my leg I clicked my phone on and Instagram just lit up," he said to the GET.

“Supporters were writing to me accusing me of stuff and I couldn’t believe it. My mindset was nowhere near that. It never occurred to me people would think that."

Germany's Mario Gotze in action with Scotland's Charlie MulgrewGermany's Mario Gotze in action with Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew

At the moment, Mulgrew, whose Celtic contract officially expired this week, is unemployed, but he is expected to be signed back by newly-appointed manager Brendan Rodgers.

He has had his fair share of injuries in recent seasons, but he has been fit for much of 2016 and Rodgers will hope it can stay that way.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conferenceCeltic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch